blan·​dish·​ment | \ ˈblan-dish-mənt How to pronounce blandishment (audio) \

Definition of blandishment

: something that tends to coax or cajole : allurement often used in plural … refuses to yield to their blandishments— Irving Babbitt

Examples of blandishment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fateful lane change arose out of one mayor’s resistance to such blandishments. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court’s unanimous Bridgegate opinion reads like fiction," 7 May 2020 At the same time, the softer architectural blandishments of postmodernism, promising the comforts of architectural history and tradition, were challenging modernists. Joseph Giovannini, New York Times, "Michael McKinnell, 84, Dies; Architect of a Monumental City Hall," 4 Apr. 2020 Her 2014 autobiography, A Fighting Chance, and recent stump speeches are festooned in pep club spirit and folksy blandishments, cloying bits of business that have attached themselves to her life story. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, "Warren in the Trap," 13 Feb. 2020 The region’s main powers, Australia and New Zealand, fear the creation of a mendicant state on their doorsteps, susceptible, in particular, to Chinese bribes and blandishments. The Economist, "Bougainville has voted for independence, but may not get it," 18 Dec. 2019 Having failed to win the Japanese around with blandishments, an increasingly desperate-looking Senard has reached for the stick. Washington Post, "Maybe Carlos Ghosn Wasn’t So Bad After All," 18 Sep. 2019 Companies abandoned facilities in long-term host communities to reap tax abatements and other blandishments brandished by other cities. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: In shocking reversal, Big Business puts the shareholder value myth in the grave," 19 Aug. 2019 From their phones and screens, unemployed and underemployed young Saudis consume the West’s blandishments, as well as the sermons of jihadist preachers and the enticements of global terrorists. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 But the sweet glaze of memory, like the blandishment of false philosophy, still offers glints of something darker beneath the surface. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: The Chaos Beneath the Chorale in ‘The Lucky Ones’," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of blandishment

circa 1553, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for blandishment

see blandish

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“Blandishment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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